The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001

William S. Knowles

K. Barry Sharpless

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This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry is about molecules that exist in two forms that are mirror images of each other. Often it is important to produce only one of these forms because the molecules, despite being so similar, have quite different functions, in our cells, for example.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2001 for the development of catalytic asymmetric synthesis, with one half jointly to William S. Knowles and Ryoji Noyori “for their work on chirally catalysed hydrogenation reactions” and the other half to K. Barry Sharpless “for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions”.
Based on materials from the 2001 Nobel Poster for Chemistry

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